Feature race double for Maine Chance stallions
Maine Chance Farms’ resident sires Black Minnaloushe and Silvano were both in the news over the weekend.
Black Minnaloushe is the sire of Saturday’s Gr1 SA Classic winner and Triple Crown hopeful Louis The King, while Silvano’s ever green son, Seal, scored the sixth feature race win of his career when successful in the Gr3 The Gauteng Caradoc Gold Cup.
Silvano is also the sire of Gr1 Dubai Duty Free runner up Vercingetorix, who has now twice and been second in three outings in Dubai. Vercingetorix has been entered for both the Audemars Pigeut QE II Cup and Singapore Airlines International Cup.
Louis The King will now bid to become just the second horse to win South Africa’s Triple Crown when he lines up in the Gr1 SA Derby at the end of April.
The son of Black MInnaloushe, who has already earned in excess of R3 million, is in line to pick up a R2 million bonus should he win the SASCOC Triple Crown.
Bred by the Alchemy, Louis The King was a R55 000 buy for owner Louis Van Der Vyver at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale.
He is one of six Gr1 winners for Black Minnaloushe, whose offspring have earned over $25 million in prize money worldwide.
The former Irish 2000 Guineas/St James Palace winner (sire of three champion 2yos) is represented by 15 yearlings at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. His draft includes a colt out of classy G3 winner Slinky Malinky, a half-brother to classic placed filly School Assembly, and a colt out of the high-class mare Lady Linney.
Last season’s Champion Sire Silvano has enjoyed another fine season. Seal is Silvano’s 16th stakes performer for the 2013-2014 racing season. His other local stakes winners this season include Tellina, Hot Ticket, Whistle Stop, and Silver Holly.
Seal, who was bred by Dr Ian Heynes, has now won ten racesand over R2 000 000. The gelding’s biggest win came in the Gr1 SA Derby of 2011.
Silvano, whose offspring include 13 Gr1 winners, has 39 yearlings on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
His string includes a half-brother to Saturday’s Gr1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes winner Yorker, as well as a filly out of champion Consensual, a half-brother to Fillies Guineas winner Sparkling Gem, and a half-sister to G1 winner Contador, who won again at Scottsville on Sunday.